Farmers and other state residents are invited to attend a watershed-wide, citizen–led conversation on water quality issues facing the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers to be held on Thursday, March 29 at the St. James Hotel located at 406 Main Street in Red Wing, MN.
The event is free. Advanced registration is required.
The conversation is being sponsored by a wide range of grassroots citizen groups, farm groups, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and InCommons. The purpose of the meeting is to explore how citizens, businesses and government can share leadership by collaborating to restore water quality through specific on the ground projects and cross sector initiatives.
The meeting will feature a meal and round table discussions facilitated by InCommons - a community-based initiative that connects Minnesotans to share tools, knowledge and resources to address complicated problems.
The Red Wing dialogue will build on the success of other round table discussions recently held in Mankato and Owatonna. See coverage of the Owatonna session in the March issue of The Farmer, pages 20, 62 and 63. More than 200 different people have attended these discussions where farmers, environmental advocates, government agency workers and recreational users of the river sit at the same table to discuss the issues and seek common ground.
This third dialogue will focus on action steps that all these groups can take together. The evening meal will be the final segment of a day-long event designed for citizens to connect with Minnesota and Mississippi River water quality issues. For more information on the daytime schedule, call the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance at 651-308-0178 or visit: http://www.lakepepinlegacyalliance.org/
Registration for the evening meal and dialogue must be made separately. To register, please call 1-877-269-2873 by March 27. Seating is available for 80 people on a first come, first served basis. Farmers are particularly encouraged to attend. Organizers are expecting a full house, so don't delay.